Philippe Bourque, Guest Conductor


Music director, choirmaster, orchestra conductor, pianist and pedagogue, Philippe Bourque is a versatile musician who is passionate about choral music.

In March 2014, he was appointed Artistic Director of the St. Lawrence Choir. In cooperation with this excellent ensemble, he plans to organize a series of unique concerts and collaborations showcasing masterworks of the choral repertoire.

An indefatigable pedagogue, Mr. Bourque is convinced of the importance of investing in future generations. He has been on the faculty of Vanier College since 2010, where he is active as both choirmaster and ear training instructor. He has also worked with the choir of the École de musique Vincent-d’Indy and the FACE Young Singers. He gives private lessons in conducting and is regularly asked to serve as jury member or clinician at various festivals in Canada and abroad.

Mr. Bourque has been the Artistic Director of the Chœur du Musée d’art de Joliette (2008-2014), the Petits Chanteurs de la Cathédrale (2005-2007), the Chœur en Jazz (2006-2009) and McGill’s Simply Sweetly (now known as Les Muses Chorale) (2007-2011).

Philippe Bourque studied choral and orchestral conducting under Julian Wachner, Robert Ingari, Alexis Hauser and Ivars Taurins, and graduated from McGill with distinction. He was awarded a Lieutenant-Governor’s Award while studying at Vincent-d’Indy, and received McGill’s Constance Willey Music Scholarship, as well as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship.